Question this week: is there a quilter whose work always inspires you? Mostly I look to antique quilts for inspiration, settings, fabrics colors used together, scale of prints, then I go to my fabric shelves and begin pulling fabrics, the pull will get resorted and new additions added along the journey. You see, I’m old fashioned, I make a bunch of blocks first, then I search my fabric collection for setting fabrics and border fabric options. I seem work on the fly. I cannot design on a computer, and I’m seriously OK with that, I like to look at a quilt in-progress on the design wall, it talks to me and tells me what she should be. Yes she is a girl. LOL’s
This is my week, besides the directions on the PDF file that you will find at the bottom of this long post, I’m presenting a step by step of how I made my block, and I used 3 fabrics instead of 2 fabrics.
Since I’ve taught quilting for years and years, and now I’m off the teaching road, I felt I should share some tips. Hopefully some of the tips will make sense to you for future projects.
My disclaimer is – you are more than welcome to make the block ‘your way’. We are all wired differently and will work differently.
I varied from the given directions, so follow along with me . . I recommend you read through it all, before beginning to cut or sew.
Pattern: Step 1 – cut the A and B squares at 2 7/8″, be sure the resulting sewn 4 HST (half square triangles) measure 2 1/2″ square. Jo TIP: you can always cut the squares 3″ instead of the 2 7/8″, then square them down to 2 1/2″, press these diagonal seams toward the light/background fabric. Yes, you read that correctly.
Step 4 – I’m jumping ahead, I didn’t cut the remaining pieces as written, here begins my variation:
center square – cut (1) – 1 7/8″ square from the light fabric
center square – cut (1) – 1 7/8″ square from each of the 2 chosen indigos, cut these 2 squares in half on the diagonal
Sew one indigo triangle set to opposite sides of the light square, press toward the corners. Sew the remaining two triangles to the opposite sides, press seams toward the corners, square this to measure 2 1/2″.
At this point you have 5 of the 9 units needed for the block! Easy, isn’t it.
Now you have the center and the 4 corners all squared up to 2 1/2″, lay these aside, next we will make the 8 Flying Geese units, using the no-waste method. I’ve used this method since 1998, when a friend in Topeka showed me, thank you Jane Buckley! This method was also published in Quilter’s Newsletter back in the day. Please remember I began quiltmaking in 1980, do NOT say dinosaur please!
To make the 8 Flying Geese needed:
Cut: (2) – 3 1/4″ squares from the light/background fabric
Cut: (4) – 1 7/8″ squares from each of the (2) indigo prints.
Cut these (8) indigo squares in half on the diagonal.
Take 4 triangles from each of the 2 indigo prints, lay the triangles on the larger background squares as shown below:
Note that the triangles prints alternate, be sure that the (2) blocks have a different alternate set, note the lighter blue and the darker blue are in different positions atop the light squares, this is very important.
You may want to press these loose triangles in place, then sew.
Next: sew on both sides of the diagonal with a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Scant means a thread or two less than a full 1/4″ seam allowance, this allows for the take up of fabric when pressed to one side and shrinking the unit. Trust me, remember! Your blocks should look like this: